In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton aboard Heritage Adventurer

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    07 January, 2023 to 03 February, 2023
    02 February, 2023 to 01 March, 2023

    The Ross Sea region of Antarctica is one of the most remote places on Planet Earth and one of the most fascinating places in the continent’s human history. With shipping restricted by impenetrable pack ice to just two brief months each austral summer, few people have ever visited this strange and beautiful territory, with opportunities for non-scientific personnel limited to a handful of tourist expedition ships.

    Heritage Expeditions offers such a voyage on its own fully equipped and ice-strengthened ship Heritage Adventurer, crewed by some of the most experienced officers and sailors in the world and staffed by a passionate and knowledgeable expedition team. This is a unique opportunity to experience nature on a scale so grand there are no words to describe it.

    The Ross Sea takes its name from Sir James Clark Ross who discovered it in 1841. The British Royal Geographical Society chose the Ross Sea for the now famous British National Antarctic Expedition in 1901-04 led by Robert Falcon Scott. That one expedition spawned what is sometimes referred to as the ‘Race to the Pole’.

    Ernest Shackleton almost succeeded in 1907-09 and the Japanese explorer Nobu Shirase tried in 1910-12. Scott thought it was his, but was beaten by his rival, Norwegian Roald Amundsen in the summer of 1911. Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic expedition in 1914-17 marked the end of this ‘heroic’ or ‘golden age’ of exploration, but many of the relics of this era, including some huts, remain. The dramatic landscape described by these early explorers is unchanged.

    Mt Erebus, Mt Discovery and the Transantarctic Mountains are as inspiring today as they were 100 years ago. The penguin rookeries described by the early biologists fluctuate in numbers from year to year, but they still occupy the same sites. The seals, which are no longer hunted for food lie around on ice floes seemingly unperturbed.

    The whales, which were hunted so ruthlessly here in the 1920s, are now returning. Snow Petrels, Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Antarctic Prions and South Polar Skuas all breed in this seemingly
    inhospitable environment.

    There is so much to do and so much to see here, from exploring historic huts and sites to visiting penguin rookeries, marvelling at the glacial ice tongues and ice shelves, and understanding the icebergs and sea ice. Then there are all the seabirds, seals and whales to observe and photograph, modern scientific bases and field camps to visit and simply the opportunity to spend time drinking in the marvellous landscape that has always enthralled visitors.

    Lying like stepping stones to the Antarctic continent are the little known Subantarctic Islands. Our journey also includes The Snares, Auckland, Macquarie and Campbell Islands. They break our long journey, but more importantly, they help prepare us for what lies ahead, for these islands are part of the amazing and dynamic Southern Ocean ecosystem of which Antarctica is at the very heart. It is the powerhouse which drives this ecosystem upon which the world depends.

    Day 1: Queenstown
    Day 2: Port of Bluff
    Day 3: The Snares – North East Island
    Day 4: Auckland Islands – Enderby Island
    Day 5: At Sea
    Days 6 to 7: Macquarie Island
    Days 8 to 10: At Sea
    Days 11 to 22: Antarctica’s Ross Sea Region
    Days 23 to 25: At Sea
    Day 26: Campbell Island – Perseverance Harbour
    Day 27: At Sea
    Day 28: Invercargill/ Queenstown

    During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed. Landings at the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand are by permit only as administered by the Government of New Zealand. No landings are permitted at The Snares.

    Main Deck Triple Cabins NZD$40,129 pp

    Superior Triple Cabins NZD$41,618 pp

    Superior Cabin Deck 4 NZD$44,596 pp

    Superior Cabin Deck 5 NZD$46,085 pp

    Main Deck Single NZD$55,019 pp, Superior Single NZD$56,508pp

    Worsley Suite NZD$81,895 pp, Heritage Suite NZD$28,291 pp

    Additional charges: Landing Fees: NZD$1489 pp

    • Voyage on board in selected cabin cateogy
    • Pre/Post cruise transfers
    • Experienced expedition leader and team
    • All meals while on board
    • All expedition shore excusions
    • Suites include complimentary mini bar, in-room dining and a US$100 pp spa gift voucher

    • International and Domestic flights, both commercial and charter
    • Travel insurance
    • Passport and visa costs if applicable
    • Beverages on board
    • Gratuities
    • Any items of a personal nature including laundry